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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Staffie. Due date today has had bleeding for a week but ok

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Staffie bitch. Due date today has had bleeding for a week but ok by vets. Told one pup no heartbeat. She delivered a dead pup 2 hours ago but no contractions, puffing, discomfort since. She is now sleeping soundly. Should I be worried or has she just expelled dead pup and will labour statt up again?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Roxy, please?

To answer you directly, second stage labor (active contractions) should begin once again but if it does and lasts more than an hour without producing a pup, dystocia (difficult birth) is diagnosed and my patient will be administered oxytocin and/or a caesarian performed.